New South Wales and Western Australia continued their strong start to the Under-19 Championships in Adelaide yesterday.
WA and NSW sit first and second on the ladder with two wins each after beating ACT and South Australia respectively in their Round Two one-day matches.
Meanwhile, Victoria defeated Northern Territory and Tasmania downed Queensland to notch their first wins for the 2013 tournament.
Western Australia (250) def ACT (150)
ACT won the toss and elected to field, but Western Australia proved hard to remove from the middle.
WA was eventually bowled out in the 47th over, but not before they posted a competitive 250. Ashton Agar was the star with 76, while ACT bowler Nick Winter took 4/40.
In the end, WA defeated ACT convincingly by 100 runs as Agar backed up his batting with three wickets. He was ably supported by Matt Kelly and Jonty Wilde who picked up two wickets each.
Sam Thornton was the top-scorer for the ACT with 30 as WA coasted to another easy victory.
Victoria (5/168) def Northern Territory (164)
Victoria put their disappointing Round 1 effort behind them with a solid victory over Northern Territory.
NT won the toss and elected to bat, but another batting collapse meant they were bowled out for 164 in the 45th over. Tom Andrew put up a fight for the NT team, but wickets fell regularly around him.
Victorian bowler Ben Ashkenazi was the main destroyer with 4/21.
In reply, Victoria reached their target without too much trouble. Outstanding innings by batsmen Jack Harper (not out 72) and Tom Russ (not out 56) saw Victoria hit the winning runs with five overs and five wickets to spare.
Tasmania (9/199) def Queensland (169)
Queensland won the toss and elected to field, perhaps still smarting from their Round 1 batting capitulation.
Tasmania made a respectable 9/199 through batsmen Beau Webster (33) and James Whitely (35), though Queensland would have backed themselves to chase down the total.
But again, Queensland had trouble finding the middle of the bat, with Marnus Labschagne the best of the batsman scoring 36 runs.
Tassie bowler Gabe Bell snared three wickets to lead Tassie to a comfortable victory.
New South Wales (7/221) def South Australia (210)
New South Wales' great start to the tournament continued with a win over local team South Australia.
NSW batsmen Jake Cormack and Ben Dwarshuis both contributed to the victory with 48 and 39*, but it was the NSW bowlers Tom Rogers and, once again, Soumil Chhibber with 3 wickets each who helped lead NSW to its second win in as many rounds.
For the locals, James Miller (38), Kelvin Smith (35) and Harry Nielsen (30) were good with the bat and got close to the NSW total, but their tail was unable to hit the remaining runs and were all out in the last over.
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First Posted 09 January, 2013 2:29PM AEST